Thomas Lynch

April 9, 2001

Thomas Lynch
Thomas Lynch is an essayist, poet and funeral director. His most recent book, released in June of 2005, is Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. Other more recent books include: The Undertaking, Still Life in Milford, and Bodies in Motion and at Rest. He published his first volume of poetry, Skating with Heather Grace, in 1987. Following this unique collection of poems, he published his next volume of poetry Grimalkin & Other Poems. Lynch is regularly featured on the op-ed page of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Times of London, as well as in the pages of Harper's. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, the NBC Today program and the PBS series, On Our Own Terms.

His collection of essays, The Undertaking—Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, won the Heartland Prize for non-fiction, The American Book Award, and was a Finalist for the National Book Award. It has been translated into seven languages. A second collection of essays, Bodies in Motion and at Rest, won The Great Lakes Book Award. He is the recipient of grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for the Arts, The Michigan Library Association, The Writers Voice Project, The National Book Foundation, The Arvon Foundation in Great Britain and The Irish Arts Council.

Lynch is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He lives in Milford, Michigan where, for the past twenty-five years, he has been the funeral director of Lynch & Sons funeral home. He also keeps an ancestral cottage in West Clare, Ireland.

For more information on Thomas Lynch, please visit his website:

To hear Lynch read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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